"Obviously, I'm going to be facing better hitters [during the regular season], but they're still professional players and they're in there swinging the bat," Santiago told MLB.com. "I didn't even think about who I'm facing. I don't know who's in there, and I never do. I block everybody out and just try to attack the zone. If I make my pitches, I feel like no matter who it is, I'm going to get them out."
Santiago has struck out eight batters while surrendering just an unearned run on two hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings over his first two spring appearances. He's looking to build on a 2013 campaign in which he went 4-9 with a 3.56 ERA and 137:72 K:BB ratio in 149 innings with the White Sox.
Santana is not looking to wait any longer to join a team and begin spring training, so it's possible a deal comes together soon; however, if a team is going to give up a draft pick in order to add Santana, it's possible he'll have to agree to a club option.
CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reported Thursday that five teams remained in contact with Santana, including the Orioles, Mariners, Rockies, Rangers and Blue Jays.
Ramirez was hit in the tricep with a pitch Thursday but was no worse for wear one day later, smacking a first-inning home run to center field for his first extra-base hit of the spring. He is 3 for 18 with one walk in seven games.
Making his spring debut Friday,
"I felt fine going out there and my arm felt good," Lee told MLB.com after the start. "I didn't know how many innings I was going to go from the get-go, so it was one of those things where I was going to keep going until they took me out. I was preparing myself for the third inning."
Lee is optimistic he's close to making his major-league debut.
"I think it's one of those things where I will keep working and continue to get better, and we'll see where it goes," Lee said. "At this moment, I feel like if I continue to throw the ball well like I am capable of, I don't think I'm that far away."
Lee went 10-10 with a 3.22 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 131:35 K:BB ratio in 142 2/3 innings with Double-A Chattanooga last season.
"I feel pretty good. I still need to attack more with my fastball," Perez told MLB.com. "My other pitches are good. The only thing I have to work on is my fastball. A couple of hitters, I was behind in the count."
Perez also walked two batters in a two-inning performance Saturday, giving him a 3:5 K:BB ratio in five innings over his first two appearances. He's scheduled to break camp in the team's starting rotation but needs to get a handle on his control issues.
Lillibridge should be good to go after a few days of rest. He is 5 for 10 with one home run and three RBI in Cactus League competition.
Rios is 4 for 10 with one walk and two stolen bases in four games this spring.
"I was a little nervous," Harrison said. "At 7:15 this morning, I was walking around with butterflies in my stomach. I felt good. Half was from the stretch and half was from the windup. I had a couple of issues with my timing, but I was able to find it right away."
Harrison has been dealing with a back injury this spring. He is expected to throw another bullpen session Sunday before potentially seeing game action Tuesday.
Three days after signing a contract with the
"For the first time facing hitters, he looked good," manager Ron Washington told MLB.com. "He didn't look rusty at all. He can pitch."
Saunders, who threw 33 pitches Friday, had been staying ready by throwing bullpen sessions before signing his deal.
"This is why you keep yourself in shape and throw all those bullpen sessions even if you're not in somebody's camp," Saunders told MLB.com. "Obviously you want to be in camp, but if you're not, you still have to be ready to throw [live batting practice] and two innings when you get here. My arm felt great. It was fun to get back out there and face hitters."
Saunders is competing for a spot in the back end of the Rangers' rotation.
"The fact that he is still able to hit and field means we don't view this as serious," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "But we wanted to be cautious."
Beltre is out of options and in a competition for a bench role with the team. He is 4 for 13 with one walk thus far.